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Congratulations LA KISS Dancers!

Final auditions for the inagural LA KISS dancers took place Wednesday in North Hollywood. Paul Stanley from KISS tweeted the photo below with the caption “Some of YOUR LA KISS Dancers. Wow! And you’ll be seeing A LOT more of them!”

Interestingly, there are only ten ladies in the photo. I know they planned to have a team twice that size, but it doesn’t look as if they took that many into finals. So I guess at this point it remains to be seen whether they decided to go with a smaller team, or if they plan to audition more dancers.

There are only a handful of photos from the auditions floating around out there, so there’s not much to go on. I am hoping there was a photographer in the room and we’ll get to see some more photos in the near future.

In any case, these couple of photos and the video below give us a few clues as to what to expect from this team in the upcoming season. One thing is for sure, with a style that’s more “video vixen” than “poms and pirouettes,” the LA KISS dancers will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen in Arena Football!

Sidwinders open call Sunday, finals next weekend!

Another LA KISS update

For those auditioning, finals will NOT be on Saturday the 11th. They will most likely be on Wednesday, January 8th. I haven’t had a chance to update the banner at the top of this site, but I will provide more information as it becomes available.

L.A. KISS audition update

Howdy friends. I’ve got some additional information for those interested in auditioning.

Brandy Daimwood-Bouchy

Brandy Daimwood-Bouchy will be managing the dance team, and she was kind enough to provide me with some details on what to expect from auditions. Brandy, a former NBA and AFL dancer (Orlando Magic and Orlando Predators, respectively), is also involved with two other dance teams in the Arena Football League. She is Manager of the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders, as well as Co-Director of the Orlando Predators Prowlers. I suggest googling both teams to get an idea of how Brandy runs things, and what she’s looking for in her dancers.

I asked Brandy about her vision for this team. I was interested to find out what to expect from this group, regarding overall look and feel, choreography, costuming, and style. Here is what she had to say:

“Edgy, Rock-and-Roll….hello, we’re talking KISS! We’ll be doing a little bit of everything fun….trash jazz, some hip hop, and some fun “theme” routines thrown in. Our costuming will showcase our Dancers. We are still working on specific styles, but rest assured, you’ve never seen anything like our costume designs The caliber of Dancers that we are expecting to put on the LA KISS field will be amazing, we will have cutting-edge choreography and unique, never-before-seen costuming.”

And now, on to the specifics:

Important Dates
* January 4: open call (time and location TBA)
* January 5: finalist interviews
* January 11 January 8th (tentative): final dance audition
There may also be one evening bootcamp/rehearsal between prelims and finals (date/time TBD)

What to wear/bring to auditions
* Wear dance attire that shows your midriff and legs. (No pants or capri’s.)
* They’re not sure yet what surface you will be dancing on, so bring a couple of footwear options. (I doubt you can go wrong with jazz shoes, and/or sneakers with non-marking soles.)
* Bring ID/proof of age (you must be at least 18 years old on Jan 4th)
* Bring two photos (a head shot and a full length photo)
* Bring your resume

What to expect at prelims (details subject to change)
* Dancers will learn an across-the-floor combination, one or more sideline routines, and one or two short combinations (one thrash jazz style, and the other a mix of styles such as jazz and hip hop).
* The last combination of the day will provide an opportunity for a brief solo, showcasing your special skills
* Dancers will perform for the judges in groups of 3 to 6.
* It hasn’t been determined yet how many cuts will happen during the day, but at the end of the day, around 35 finalists will be announced.
(Approximately 20 dancers will be chosen for the team.)

Also: expect CAMERAS. The entire process will be filmed for a potential tv show/special in the works.

Photo of the Day – December 16

Yasmine of the Philadelphia Soulmates

LA KISS auditions next month!

Audition alert, Phoenix Dancers!

Photo of the Day – December 11

A New Orleans VooDoo Doll

LA Kiss debuts inaugural dance team

The KISS Girls made their first team appearance before the Anaheim Ducks game last night, as part of the “25 Days of LA KISS-mas” campaign. (Check out the KISS-mas tree in the background!)


LA dancers, this could be you in just a few months! (Probably without the face paint, although one never knows…)

For those of you on the edge of your seats, awaiting news on this team…all I can tell you is that the team is currently interviewing candidates for the dance team director/coordinator. Hopefully they will have someone on board soon, and that person will have to hit the ground running.

I predict auditions will be in about six weeks, although I don’t know how much notice there will be. That seems like a long way off, but it means you have some time to get it together. Whatever you need to do to preserve/upgrade your sexy, start doing it now. If you’ve been out of the game for a while, get back in it. Hit the gym, hit the dance studio, eat clean, chug water, take your vitamins, read up on the team, do whatever you need to do so you can walk into that audition looking and feeling like YOU GOT THIS. Think about who will be standing to your right and left on audition day, and get to work.

The home opener is in less than four months!

2013-14 Shark Attack Dance team announced

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Ok so this news is a little late, but the Jacksonville Sharks have selected their dancers for the 2014 AFL season. Click here and here to check out photos from this year’s final auditions! [also: photos from open call]

Last Chance for Sidewinders Prep Class

Auditions are scheduled for Jan 5th, so if you want to take a class, now’s the time to do it!

New Orleans VooDoo Doll Tryouts Set for Saturday, January 4th

The New Orleans VooDoo Dolls will hold auditions for the 2014 VooDoo Doll Dance Team on Saturday, January 4 at The CDA Dance Center, Suite 702, in The Esplanade Mall. Registration will begin at 11 a.m.

Prior to the auditions, the VooDoo Dolls will hold two optional clinics to prepare hopefuls for prelims. Clinics will be held on December 17th and 19th from 7- 9p.m. at The CDA Dance Center, Suite 702, in The Esplanade Mall.

“I’m very excited and eager for the upcoming 2014 season to start,” said VooDoo Doll Director Jasmine Martijn. “I can’t wait to see the New Orleans area and surrounding cities’ best dancers come out and showcase their talents.”

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age by January 4, 2014 with a valid government ID, recent 5×7 (or larger) photo, dance/talent resume and completed audition packet.

All performers must wear a two- piece audition outfit (no dance pants), flesh colored tights and dance/cheer shoes. All participants will be evaluated on dance technique and their ability to perform a dance routine taught that day.

Fees: $40 for both Clinics and Auditions. $30 for Auditions ONLY.

For more information, download the flyer HERE or contact

Tampa’s Historic Rialto Theatre Morphs Into Collaborative Space For Creatives

(We’re always happy to pass along news of what alumni are doing now. Hope Donnely cheered/danced for the Tampa bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Storm, as well as coaching/directing the TB Storm Dancers, TB Lightning Girls and the University of Tampa Cheer and Dance Tams)

By Megan Hendricks
83 Degrees Media

Hope Donnelly started this year with a mantra: “If you’re not scared, your dreams are not big enough.”

Her dream? To create a place that provides a sense of community, self-preservation and exploration of arts and creativity in a safe, supportive environment.

Donnelly’s dream is one step closer to reality as she begins renovations on the Rialto Theatre on north Franklin Street between Interstate 275 and Palm Avenue. Under the business name 8-Count Productions, the 10,500-square-foot space will soon be home to art galleries and other space for small businesses, two dance studios for private lessons and group classes, and event space for up to 300 people.

An Eckerd College graduate, painter and former professional dancer, Donnelly teaches art at Jefferson High School in Tampa by day.

She first had the vision for the space five years ago and has had her share of typical entrepreneurial challenges — finding the right real estate, obtaining funding, and general fear of the unknown. After contacting numerous banks, she found that most tried to make the business plan fit within their parameters. She finally obtained funding through a Synovus Bank’s Small Business Administration Loans program loan officer, who believed in the vision and found a product to fit her needs. Additional grant funding is being sought from arts and historical organizations, including the City of Tampa Historic Preservation Department. All in all, $500,000 is anticipated in renovations alone.

She credits her success thus far to the learning opportunities she has experienced in different professional environments, as well as the support of friends and mentors. The tipping point was when she met her fiance and business partner, George Carter II, who supported the vision with his heart and soul and is now an equal part of the creation. Carter will also provide choreography and photography services in the new building.

“It’s easy to get run down by the challenges, because there will be challenges,” says Donnelly. “But, having other people getting excited about the project helps keep me going. The sense of community has been amazing.”

Donnelly and Carter closed on the building October 15 and celebrated with a rooftop sunset toast with those who played a part in making it possible. Next steps include obtaining permits from the city that will allow the interior work to begin.

Donnelly was adamant about finding space in or near downtown Tampa, feeling that the area has so much talent and vision that it just hasn’t connected yet. She was also looking for walkability and a neighborhood feel in an urban environment. “We’re building a lifestyle, not just a business.”

Collaborative Space

The theater was constructed in 1925 and first opened its doors in 1926. It has been vacant since 2005, at which time it had been used as an auto repair shop. The renovation plans are to keep the historic nature of the theater in tact while adding a contemporary feel.

With dance classes and events mainly taking place after hours, small businesses will be able to use the space during the day for studios, galleries, video shoots, photo shoots and the like. This multifaceted approach challenges the typical dance studio or event space business model, which can be tough to maintain because of unused space during daytime hours.

“There is no right business model,” says Donnelly. “There is no right profession or business concept. What makes you happy can find its way into a lifestyle, making an income, generating enough to support yourself.”

Renovations are scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving, allowing the space to be open for holiday events. The business will be fully functional in January 2014.

As for conquering fears, Donnelly recommends a mind over matter philosophy: “Talk about it often. The more you talk about it, the more likely it’s going to happen.”

Photo of the Day – November 22

A Jacksonville Sharks Dancer